A look into the number of Kroger Store Locations in the US

There are a total of 3,514 Kroger Company KR 30.6 -0.3 -1.0% stores in the United States (as of December 31, 2019), which makes them the second largest retailer after Walmart. They seem to be the only chain able to give Amazon-backed Whole Foods a competition when it comes to number of stores.

Insights in brief

  • Kroger stores are predominant in Midwestern and Southern United States.
  • Cincinnati, where Kroger is headquartered, is the city with most number of stores.

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Number of Kroger stores by State


Graph above shows the top 15 states with most number of Kroger stores.

Kroger has stores in 42 states, with the most number of stores in California. Delaware and District of Columbia with 4 stores each are states with least number of stores.

Cities with most number of Kroger stores


Graph above shows top 15 cities with the most number of stores.

Kroger has 40 and 37 stores in Cincinnati and Columbus respectively, both cities are in Ohio which happens to be their home state as well.

Plotted map below shows Kroger’s store locations:


Kroger Stores are located only in 3 out of 9 Northeastern states. They have a low percentage of stores in highly populated states like – California, Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois compared to their competitors.

Some of Kroger’s main competitors are Costco, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Below are their comparison maps.

Kroger vs Walmart


Kroger vs Costco


  • Costco has 533 stores in the country.
  • Costco has 24% and 5.8% of their total stores in highly populated states like California and Texas respectively.

Kroger vs Target


Kroger vs Whole Foods


  • Whole Foods has Whole Foods in the country.
  • Whole Foods has 18% and 7% of their total stores in highly populated states like California and Texas respectively.

The Grocery Race – Kroger, Amazon, Walmart

Amazons entry into the grocery game has forced companies to look for ways to ensure that they don’t get left behind in the competition. While Walmart has decided on tackling this by increasing their online presence, one-day deliveries, and store pick-ups. Kroger has taken another approach, partnering with Microsoft’s Azure on a technology front to help out with its cloud computing needs. While Microsoft is competing with Amazon Web Services, Kroger plans on creating digital shelves to increase their store efficiency with the help of Microsoft. This coupled with their same-day grocery delivery through self-driving cars will help boost sales.

Kroger may not have as many stores like Walmart, but over the years they have acquired more than 27 chains which have helped them increase their footprint in certain states without even opening a store there. Kroger partnered with Ocado to build at least 20 grocery warehouses powered by robots, giving them an edge over both Walmart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods who are yet to look into fully automated stores.

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Wendell Adkins August 13, 2019

My Son recently moved to Owasso OKLAHOMA Since this is such a growing area in the Country why don’t you put a Kroger store in Oklahoma especially in the Tulsa Owasso area I believe your business would take a big boost if you incorporated some stores in this area of the country


    ScrapeHero August 17, 2019

    Thanks Wendell.
    Wish we could help but we dont have access to the decision makers at Kroger.
    Please give them a call instead.



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